By all accounts, 2018 was a dumpster fire of a year. Between van attacks, pedestrians and cyclists becoming human speed bumps, a serial killer in the village, mass murders on the Danforth and of course the countless gun violence incidents, I’m sorta struggling to find reasons to celebrate. And that’s just in my backyard. The world needs some empathy, it’s a time to heal and hopefully reveal a 2019 brimming with possibility and love, acceptance and opportunities, for everyone.
This year, instead of turtling into a corner and assuming the fetal position until the bells chime and midnight, I’ve decided to toast with some near and dears, at home. It’s what works for me, while my kids still tolerate me anyways.
But dear readers, you deserve better than the fetal position. So I’ve put my best party pants and sourced some more sophisticated options…
If you’re into shiny new things, then Coffee Oysters Champagne will definitely hit the spot. Smack dab in the heart of clubland on King West, COC is offering a an all-inclusive evening with cocktails, beer, wines and of course, champagne to set the mood with DJ Mark Oliver on the decks.
Momofuku’s Kōjin is equally new and shiny, after a renovation that saw them just only recently reopen. Tuck in for the four course family-style dining dishes or hang out at the the Noodlebar to get your slurp going before you get sloppy. Don’t leave without dessert, the Milk Bar upstairs offers grab and go cookies should the mood strike.
See the fireworks from Canoe, the 54th floor of the TD Tower. The views are only second to the stunning plates, one of the very best Toronto has to offer.
Yorkville will be bursting with Bentley’s come NYE, and there’s no better place to people watch than Sofia. Part art gallery, part cocktail lounge and restaurant, Sofia will dazzle you with a live band and DJ, shouldn’t you start the year off in style?
Our buds at Track & Field are always throwing the best events, if you’re curious about their creative parties than tonight is your best time to check them out. A very specific theme means costumes, clever cocktails and of course, amazing music to match the mood. This year’s NYE is dubbed Threat Level Midnight: The Office. Yes, that office. Dunder Mifflin fans of all forms will be lining up for this one.
But if you’re into the staying at home thing, I salute you. Here’s some tips we gathered about best practices for best bubbles. Don’t chill champagne for too long! For optimal taste, a champagne like Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve is perfect to be served once you let it chill in an ice bucket for about 30 minutes instead of storing your bubbly in the fridge before drinking.
And for the next morning, hangover cures run the gamut but burgers are usually excellent contenders. Wahlburgers in SoHo Metropolitan Hotel will be serving up breakfast burgers and the tots you crave, and will carry forward this morning menu resolution throughout the new year. Plenty of non-burger breakfast offerings are also on deck, like Mark’s Scramble which may have you reliving some of those good vibrations from the night before.